My husband and I decided to have an upscale pizza and beer date night with his homebrew Saison and a grilled pizza in the backyard. My husband is the chef in the family. I love to bake cookies and muffins but if I’m in charge of dinner it is usually Mac and Cheese. So we can thank him for this Grilled Margherita Pizza tutorial.
He has been working in kitchens and restaurants for most of his adult life so he knows a thing or two about cooking. He loves to “teach” me how to cook and I actually learned a lot about grilling pizza from him which I will share with you.
My husband loves to cook with fun gadgets in the kitchen. I learn something new from him every day!
Store bought dough
Mozzarella cheese shredded
I bought the ingredients at the store and decided to use store bought dough since it is just so easy! But if you want something a little more homemade you can try either of these recipes:
Neapolitan Pizza Dough
The Best Pizza Dough Recipe
He separated the dough into two pieces. So we actually made two pizzas which is a plus if you wanted different toppings than your date (or kids). He rolled out the dough until it was about 1/4 inch thick.
All this time the grill was heating up on the patio. Then we had a bit of a scare – a grease fire!
This is what the fire looked like after he dumped salt on it. Tip #1 – do not put water on a grease fire. Use something like salt or baking soda or flour to put out the flames. Baking soda would be best.
Be sure you clean your BBQ regularly so you don’t have a grease fire too. Here is Tip #2 – instructions on cleaning your grill.
When the BBQ was clean and reheated – we pre-grilled the pizza for a few minutes to cook the dough and add some fabulous grill marks. This blew my mind – so here is Tip #3. Pre-grill your pizza dough so you can cook the dough completely without over cooking your toppings.
After the dough is pre-grilled, it is time to add your toppings. A classic Margherita pizza is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Instead of a tomato based sauce, I minced about 3-4 cloves of garlic and spread that over the dough with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
We placed the pizza back on the grill in the center, with only the outer burners lit – not the one directly under the pizza. So there was not a flame directly under the pizza. Then we closed the lid for a few minutes so the cheese melted.
Once the pizza is done, slice it up and serve! We had ice cold Saison home brewed beer that my husband made. We get so little time that is just for us, it was nice to savor the few minutes of eating pizza and enjoying each other’s company.
After dinner we picked up our daughters from daycare. Our mini-date night wasn’t long, or expensive or even somewhere other than our house. You don’t need to plan out a date night, you can take advantage of an hour here or there to spend some quality time together.
- Store bought dough
- Mozzarella cheese shredded
- Spaghetti sauce
- Red onions
- Clean your grill
- Start the grill and get it hot
- Roll out the dough
- Pre-grill the pizza dough lightly
- Add toppings
- Grill in the center and shut the lid
- Slice and Enjoy!
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